Our top-ranking French resorts 202329 Nov, 2023 by Investors In Property
Choosing our overall top French resorts is incredibly difficult as they offer such wonderful and varied attractions. We have decided that it would be more helpful to name our favourite resorts in different categories so that their distinctive attractions are clear.
In top place for year-round appeal, we have chosen Megeve. The resort stands as a testament to dual-season perfection, whether you’re there for the tranquillity of summer or the snowy enchantment of winter.
In summer, the resort transforms into a haven for hiking enthusiasts, offering picturesque trails through lush meadows with panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. Avid golfers can tee off against a backdrop of dramatic peaks, creating an intoxicating mix of alpine beauty and sporting excellence. The medieval village centre will leave you captivated with its rich history and luxury boutiques.
Come winter, Megeve turns into a fairytale wonderland. The resort boasts over 325 kilometres of ski slopes, catering to all skill levels. The pristine slopes beckon thrill-seekers with a myriad of winter sports, from exhilarating downhill skiing to more gentle and calm cross-country adventures. The charming village, decorated with traditional chalets and gourmet eateries will always ensure an unforgettable experience whatever season.
Val Thorens, perched at an awe-inspiring altitude of 2,300 meters, comes in first place for high- altitude thrills. As the highest ski resort in Europe, it guarantees snow enthusiasts an extended ski season and an unparalleled alpine adventure. Val Thorens boasts an extensive network of slopes with over 600 kilometres of ski runs. Suitable for all levels and abilities, the resort gifts both beginners and seasoned skiers breathtaking views as they race down the slopes.
Modern ski lifts and world-class amenities of course feature throughout the resort making it even more exceptional. Val Thorens not only embraces the thrill of downhill skiing but also offers opportunities for snowboarding, snowshoeing, and other adrenaline-pumping activities, creating an atmosphere of high-altitude excitement.
We easily put Val D’Isere as a winner for skiing overall. The vast and varied ski area, offering over 300 kilometres of slopes, is a ski paradise for all levels of expertise. From the gentle slopes perfect for beginners to the challenging descents that test the skills of even the seasoned professionals, Val d’lsere leaves every skier yearning to catch ‘just one more’ lift up!
Renowned for hosting prestigious international competitions such as the Alpine Skiing World Cup, Val D’Isere’s slopes are meticulously groomed, providing a canvas for skiers to carve through powdery perfection. This year catch the competition entering Val D’lsere on the 9th December.
The après-ski scene in Val D’Isere is equally captivating helping the village score top points again. The village comes alive with a vibrant atmosphere, offering a range of chic bars, cozy mountain restaurants, and lively nightclubs.
Courchevel strides into first place as the most high-end resort where elegance seamlessly intertwines with the breathtaking landscape over the world-renowned Les Trois Vallees. The resort is famous for its lavish chalets, luxury shopping, and famous restaurants. Michelin-starred dining establishments dot the resort, inviting guests to indulge in culinary delights after a thrilling day on the slopes.
High-end shopping enthusiasts can find themselves in paradise, as Courchevel boasts an array of designer boutiques offering the latest fashion and luxury goods as well as timeless and traditional classics.The après-ski scene in Courchevel is also a sophisticated affair, with exclusive bars and lounges providing the perfect setting for socializing and unwinding. The resort caters to those with a taste for the finer things in life, ensuring that every moment is steeped in Alpine opulence.
Scenery and resort feel
Nestled at the foot of Mont Blanc, Chamonix wins the most points for overall scenery and feel. Attracting both skiers and non-skiers from around the world, Chamonix has a gift for everyone amongst the cascading snowy peaks. Whether practising adrenaline-pumping sports, enjoying global competitions and festivals or just basking in the fresh mountain air, Chamonix is everybody’s paradise. The resort offers the perfect blend of liveliness and après with calmness and peace.
The Aiguille du Midi cable car offers a thrilling journey to unparalleled heights, providing panoramic views leaving you breathless over the famous mountain range. The town itself exudes a genuine alpine charm, with cobbled streets, charming cafes, and boutique shops.
For those valuing efficiency without compromise, Morzine emerges as the ideal destination. Boasting easy access with just a 90-minute drive from Geneva, this resort minimises travel time, allowing visitors to maximise their time in the mountains. This ever-popular resort offers a seamless blend of accessibility and alpine charm, making it an excellent choice for those who appreciate the enchantment of the mountains without sacrificing convenience.